October 10th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Police: Second 18-year-old arrested in mosque attack in Israel

A second 18-year-old was set Monday to make his first court appearance in connection with the torching of a mosque in the northern Israeli village of Tuba Zangaria, authorities said.

The suspect, who was not identified, is the second to be arrested in connection with last week's attack, Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, told CNN.

The mosque was set on fire and scrawled with graffiti that indicated it was a revenge attack over the killing of Asher Palmer and his 1-year-old son, who were killed when rocks were thrown at their car in Hebron more than two weeks ago.

Words written on the mosque's walls said "price tag," "revenge" and "Palmer."

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August 22nd, 2011
09:35 AM ET

Tentative Middle East cease-fire seems to be holding

A tentative cease-fire between the different militant factions in Gaza and Israel seemed to be holding on Monday.

A Hamas official said Sunday that the different factions had agreed to join a truce which, according to them, went into effect on Sunday at 9 p.m. local time. The Popular Resistance Committee, which refused to join the cease-fire Sunday, said in a news conference on Monday that "they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire for the sake of our people".

Since 9 p.m. hours on Sunday around 14 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, the last one landing at 8 a.m., according to the Israel Defense Forces. As of 8 a.m. local time the Israeli military reports no rockets .

The last Israeli airstrike in Gaza was on Sunday night when the IDF targeted a rocket launching device.

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 Israeli wildfire is worst in nation's history
December 6th, 2010
11:50 AM ET

Police detain boy, 14, in Israel wildfire investigation

Police who are investigating a major wildfire in Israel have detained a 14-year-old boy who admitted smoking a water pipe in the woods near his village, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The boy said he panicked and ran to school after the fire started. Two other teenagers who had been detained Monday have been released, Rosenfeld said.

The fire, which broke out Thursday, killed at least 41 people and forced the evacuations of about 17,000 people and scorched over 10,000 acres around Haifa, Israel's third largest city, before it was doused.

Most of the 41 victims were cadets in Israel's prison service who arrived Thursday to help evacuate 500 inmates from the Damon prison near Haifa.

The fire had also threatened businesses, tourism and one of Israel's greenest regions, Mount Carmel.

Hi-res Photos: Israeli wildfire

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March 16th, 2010
06:06 AM ET

Palestinians riot to protest reopening of synagogue

Palestinians hurled rocks and burned tires in several neighborhoods in disputed East Jerusalem Tuesday to protest the reopening of a landmark synagogue after 40 years.


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